New parents, look out

Mar 28, 2023

Any angel that comes into the world is carrying hope. Childbirth is not just about giving birth, it is about nurturing. Love and responsibility will be a must for every new parent. It is a long process, but from my experience I have summed up some considerations that need special attention, which new parents can read in the hope that every angel baby will grow up healthy.



Over-warming

     
Many parents wrap their newborns tightly, which can easily lead to "dehydration fever" and "smothering syndrome" due to "too thick". TOG is a concept that new parents should look at if they don't understand it, and it's important to choose the right sleeping bag for the right season. I have a previous article that explains this in detail.
    
Tightly bound limbs

     
Although babies like to feel 'secure' in their mother's womb, many swaddling blankets and sleeping bags, for example, are designed to be a bit constricting. But that doesn't mean that babies like to be 'tied up'. I have often seen babies tangle their fingers and toes with the threads of mittens and socks, leading to ischaemia.
    
Help from a specialist baby doctor

     
The vast majority of parents are unaware of the need for regular check-ups at the child health unit, especially for children at risk, such as premature babies, low birth weight babies and newborns born with asphyxia. Of course, the best thing to do in case of problems is to seek help from a specialist baby doctor. For example, milk spillage is very common in newborns and is manifested as a small amount of milk coming out of the corners of the mouth and does not affect growth and development. The mechanisms and causes of vomiting are more complex, such as swallowing mother's blood, amniotic fluid, stress ulcers, infections, intracranial disorders, improper feeding, milk protein allergy, digestive tract abnormalities, etc. Some patients with vomiting need to be hospitalised, but many people will think it is milk spillage and do not think hospitalisation is necessary. Similarly, abdominal distension is very common in newborns. These children are often combined with vomiting, fever, poor response, loose stools, bloody stools, constipation, etc. These children often cry and find it difficult to sleep.

    
Feeding is too mechanical

     
Each child's appetite is different, and the time between feedings, the number of feedings and the amount of feedings should be adjusted according to the specific situation of the baby. However, many mothers mechanically feed breast milk or formula in accordance with 3-4 hours/time, 90ml per feeding, 7 times a day. Or casually brew milk powder: for example, putting one spoonful of milk powder in 90ml of water leads to malnutrition, no weight gain and hyponatremia in newborns; for example, family members feel that the child's weight is low or are afraid that the child will not have enough to eat, so they use 30ml of water to mix 3-4 spoonfuls of milk powder, which leads to increased milk osmolality causing necrotizing small intestine colitis in newborns, vomiting, bloating, blood in stool, diarrhoea, fever, intestinal perforation, back It is not uncommon to have surgery to cut off part of the intestinal canal, even leading to death.

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